José Luis, played by Italian star Nino Manfredi, is a young undertaker whose personal ambitions have to take a back seat when his path crosses that of an ageing executioner. José Luis might remedy his lack of a wife by marrying the executioner’s daughter, but the marriage comes with very specific expectations from his new father-in-law. As their lives become increasingly intertwined the young man’s ability to make decisions about the direction of his own life seem to slip away. Marked by a taboo-busting black humour typical of Berlanga’s collaborations with screenwriter Rafael Azcona, this is frequently cited as one of the best and most influential Spanish films of all time.
This screening will be introduced by Prof. Andy Willis, University of Salford & HOME’s Visiting Curator of Film. This talk will be BSL interpreted.